Second, I could not stop looking at Joel Schwarz's work. Intriguing, stimulating, and simple. All four pieces have great brushwork and show the ability to create form from just that and gradation in hues. The non-grounded forms are floating and capture a dreamlike feel. "Part of This was Mine" works well towards pure non-objective free painting and the curiosity of the figures pointing towards this accomplishment won my vote.
-Stefan Steinke, Juror